(1956- ) UK/Canadian cartoonist, holding dual nationality, whose mildly surreal sf comic strip Captain Star appeared in New Musical Express from 1984, and subsequently in The Observer, Die Zeit and SFX 1998-1999. Early adventures of Captain Star's dysfunctional crew on their Spaceship The Boiling Hell are assembled as Rockets: A Way of Life by Captain J. Star (graph coll 1988) and inspired the ITV animated cartoon series Captain Star (1997-1998), which ran to thirteen 30-minute episodes. A further collection is The Captain Star Omnibus (graph coll 2008).
Appleby's Graphic Novel Dragman (graph 2020) centres on the difficult life of Augustus Crimp, whose Superhero powers – such as the ability to fly – depend on his being dressed in women's clothing; his resulting career is treated with mingled Humour and poignancy. [DRL/JGr]
Steven Mark Appleby
born Newcastle upon Tyne: 27 January 1956
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